When a loser snapped and used a .45 to kill a former employer he’d been accused of stalking, and then died in a shootout with NYPD officers in front of the Empire State Building, the media soon piled the BS almost as high as the iconic building before which the incident took place. When it looked as if one man had shot nine or ten people, the mainstream media was ready with another anti-gun blitz…and with their embarrassment almost visible, backed off when it discovered the killer had shot a single victim, and the other victims had all sustained non-life-threatening wounds from fragments of police bullets.
There was knee-jerk Kool-Aid regurgitation, such as this op-ed in HuffPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sanjay-sanghoee/friendly-fire-why-nyc-sho_b_1830421.html. Gee, maybe unarmed English bobbies would have talked the murderer out of shooting them, huh?
The New York Times described the killer’s simple .45 auto as if it should be limited to nuclear arsenals. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/nyregion/gun-used-in-shooting-at-empire-state-building-is-known-for-its-deadly-power.html?_r=1&smid=pl-share
According to this CNN account, none of the bystanders sustained straight-in gunshot wounds from direct bullet strikes, but all instead were hit with shrapnel fragments from shattered projectiles: “Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the bystanders were not hit directly by police, but rather the officers’ struck ‘flowerpots and other objects around, so … their bullets fragmented and, in essence, that’s what caused the wounds.’” http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/24/justice/new-york-empire-state/index.html?hpt=hp_t1.
It was an incident so shocking that it startled obsessively anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg into actually saying something logical about the issue, here: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/08/28/bloomberg-defends-nypd-officers-in-empire-state-building-shooting/. Hizzoner’s dialogue with a reporter went like this: “Let me ask you this, Miss, ‘Somebody pointed a gun at you, and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do?” said Bloomberg in response to a reporter’s question about the police officers’ actions. When the reporter didn’t respond, the mayor said, “I think that answers the question.” “The police commissioner’s looked at it. They acted more than appropriately,” Bloomberg added. “I’ve seen the film. The guy turned, pointed his gun at the two police officers – and you can really ask that question after that?”
Mayor Bloomberg, I hope you can cling to that light bulb that just turned on over your head. If a stalking victim such as the murdered Steven Ercolino COULD have gotten a license to carry a gun to protect himself from the stalker in your city…if he had been able to draw a gun from his pocket when the killer started to pull out his .45 … perhaps the casualty list would have been limited to one thwarted murderer.
What of the cops who unleashed the bullets that injured bystanders? Being out of space here, I’ll address that next time.